Sevenoaks Town 0 Tonbridge Angels 2
By Wink Tomkinson
Under 14s come through tough test
Tonbridge Angels under 14 faced their third consecutive away game to Sevenoaks last Sunday. The pitch was quite small but the playing surface exceptional and the opening 10 minutes were a frantic affair. Sevenoaks closing down very quickly and the young Angels struggling to get to terms with the fast playing surface following the previous opening games on 3G.
Sevenoaks getting the better of the early opportunities but with Gibb on top form in goal and David Howie dropping back into the back four to shackle the powerful Sevenoaks striker. Angels looked dangerous on the break but most of the second balls were falling to Sevenoaks and Angels struggled to get a foot hold in the game. The first real opportunity falling to Lansdowne and bringing a good save from the Sevenoaks keeper. Angels were starting to look dangerous down the left side, Lansdowne starting to stretch the play and then producing a bit of quality. Beating the defender getting to the by-line and producing a great cross to the back post, there was last year's player of the season Kian Austin who looked to be arriving to head home but nonchalantly brought the ball down and slotted home. The goal shook Sevenoaks who had been on top and Angels went in at half time 1-0 up.
Angels changed the formation at half time to try and add more width, Hermitage moving back out on the left and Dan Wates coming on to add width down the right. Howie and Murphy continued to look solid at the back winning a number of great headers and any set plays dealt with by Gibb. Wates was now starting to cause really problems down the right, Billy Kent continued his impressive start to the season not giving the defenders any time on the ball and bringing both Lansdowne and Wates into the game. Wates had already put a couple of fantastic balls into the box but this time when away a great first touch sent him direct on goal giving him time to look up and send a great shot over the keeper that he could only get finger tips too, Wates second goal of the season.
Sevenoaks threw on an extra man forward and gave it a real go for the last ten minutes but Gibb was on top form and the one time he was beaten there was that man Howie to clear off the line, a fantastic defensive performance. Angels had several break away chances to add more goals but the Sevenoaks keeper stood up well. Billy Kent also winning a great free kick on the edge of the box which Murphy brought out a fine save from the keeper to end the game 2-0. It was a professional performance from the Angels team but they know next week they face last year's Champion's Ebbsfleet and will need to up there performance if they are to take anything out of that match.
Team - Gibb, Smith, Kent T, Murphy, Howie, Hermitage, Tyrie, Wilkins, Austin, Kent B, Lansdowne, Wates, Raffelt, Balcombe